Bridgetown kids walk through book

2017-04-11 06:00

The Centre for Early Childhood Development and the Cape Town Museum of Childhood hosted a “book walk” with the children of Ma’roof Educare Centre in Bridgetown last week.

The event celebrated International Children’s Book Day, a day that is recognised on 2 April each year to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

The significance of this date is that it is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. Andersen is the author of 168 children’s tales, of which the most famous are The little mermaid, Princess and the pea, The ugly duckling, The emperor’s new clothes and Thumbelina.

The book selected for the book walk was Monkey Puzzle, a popular children’s book by Julia Donaldson.

“We had the idea that we would take a group of learners on an exciting journey through the book. There were 12 reading stations set up; one for every page of the book.

“At each station, learners were able to collect an item from the story being told. At the end of the book walk, learners created their own version of the story with the items they collected at each station,” says Najwah Mukadam, events coordinator of the centre.

The aim was to encourage children to go home and read the story from their take-home activity, to their friends and family, empowering them and fostering excitement about reading.

The museum’s aim is to capture the heritage of childhood and the role that children play in society. This will be done by documenting, studying and interpreting childhood and creating an interactive space that gives the opportunity for children, families and communities to celebrate childhood, to gain insights into childhood and to learn about childhood heritage.

The museum is a flagship project of the Centre for Early Childhood Development, due to open later this year. In the lead up to the opening, the museum has partnered with the centre to celebrate childhood with children in Bridgetown and encourage a love of reading.

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